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  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Cruz Right, Trump Wrong On Ethanol

    01/30/2016 6:42:35 AM PST · by raptor22 · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It has been said that if we were getting so-called “alternative” energy from potatoes instead of corn, the first primary/caucus would be held in Idaho instead of Iowa. As it is, ethanol from corn in the first state where votes are actually cast in a presidential election has led to endless political pandering in support of a fuel that consumes more energy than it provides, is difficult to transport, reduces car mileage, can damage auto enegines, and damages the environment.
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • ‘Four Times Greater Than Solyndra’: DOE Drops 1,200 Pages Of Heavily Redacted Docs On Green

    12/25/2015 12:59:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/25/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Energy recently turned over more than 1,200 pages of heavily redacted documents in response to a records request about a subsidized biofuels company from The Daily Caller News Foundation. In October, TheDCNF filed a FOIA request with the Energy Department, asking for email records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company. The request came on the heels of reports Abengoa was running into big financial problems, despite being given generous taxpayer-backed loans. The DOE gave TheDCNF the records it requested Dec. 18, and after spending time reviewing the documents,...
  • Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant ( Four Corners )

    12/25/2015 11:05:31 AM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | December 24, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    Groups question keeping Four Corners Power Plant open for 25 more years. A coalition of environmental groups has filed a notice of intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others over a July decision to allow the Four Corners Power Plant to operate through 2041. A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine just outside Farmington. On Dec. 21, San Juan Citizen Alliance, among other regional and national conservation groups,...
  • Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work ( Oregon & California )

    12/21/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The agreement never sold well either in solidly Republican Klamath County or on the California side of the border, where the idea of removing dams and tilting the scale toward environmental and tribal purposes was regarded suspiciously. "They try to say the community is for it, and it's not true at all," said Klamath County Chairman Tom Mallams, noting that almost all successful candidates in the area run against the agreement. ... Among western Republicans, the idea of removing the dams has been viewed with great suspicion, even though the aged structures are relatively small hydroelectric producers, aren't used for...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: The Republicans in Congress Are Surrendering to Obama

    12/18/2015 6:03:36 AM PST · by xzins · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Dec 15 | Ted Cruz
    Why I won't support the latest last-minute $1.1 trillion spending bill. By SEN. TED CRUZ December 17, 2015 It's Christmastime in Washington, D.C., and that can mean only one thing: Congress is once again playing Santa Claus. The names at the top of its list are the Washington Cartel: The big businesses and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to do nothing but grow government. And left off the list: the American taxpayer. Thanks to last year's landslide elections, Republicans now control more seats in Congress, more governorships and more state legislative seats across the country than at...
  • At Least The Yugo Was Cheap... (Tesla disaster)

    12/15/2015 10:12:43 AM PST · by all the best · 55 replies
    Eric Peters Autos | December 10, 2015 | Eric Peters
    Tesla has no more business being in business than Yugo. Which isn’t anymore. So why is Tesla? Because political correctness, crony capitalism – and a hallucinatory desire to believe in a mirage; to refuse to admit that what you think you see in the distance isn’t actually there; that your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. But then, the Yugo was just a bad car. The Tesla is a bad electric car – and the electric part effaces the bad part. Electric cars can do no wrong – to an extent that is quite literally unbelievable. Unless you’ve seen it...
  • Jerry Brown: ‘Never underestimate the coercive power of the central state’

    12/07/2015 1:38:47 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7, 2015 | David Siders
    One of the goals of Californians who traveled to Paris for climate talks this week was to showcase green-energy businesses that are succeeding in the state. But on Monday it was the “coercive power” of government for which Gov. Jerry Brown was seeking credit.
  • Green Tech - The Climate Crisis Syndicate

    11/14/2015 11:22:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Renewable Portfolio Standard advocates recently held their 2015 National Summit. The draft RPS agenda suggests it was quite an event populated by bureaucrats, scientists and consultants who have jumped on the climate and "green energy" bandwagon, to follow the money. Indeed, they are no longer content with 10% corn ethanol in gasoline, or some wind and solar power in the electricity mix. Now they want to convert the entire electrical grid from fossil-fuels to renewable sources and, if Catholic bishops get their way, totally eliminate hydrocarbons by 2050, despite the horrendous impacts that would have on workers, families and the...
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • Extreme Much? Che Guevara Tribute Kicks Off National Environmental Summit

    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • Is Tesla Doomed?

    11/02/2015 4:51:21 AM PST · by norwaypinesavage · 22 replies
    Road and Track ^ | October 26, 2015 | Bob Lutz
    Tesla's showing all the signs of a company in trouble: bleeding cash, securitized assets, and mounting inventory. It's the trifecta of doom for any automaker, and anyone paying attention probably saw this coming a mile away...Snip...Nobody has ever been successful with company stores...snip...they're losing $4000 per car, they're in trouble.
  • Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change ( Montana: WildEarth Guardians )

    10/31/2015 9:53:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 26, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal's contributions to climate change. Environmental groups sued the Interior Department after it approved an expansion of the Spring Creek Coal mine in 2012. The case marks the second time conservationists have used worries over climate change to successfully challenge approval of a coal mine after it had...
  • Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs

    10/30/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Bridge magazine, the online publication of The Center for Michigan, recently posted an article about the law that imposes a renewable energy mandate on electric utilities and their customers: “Since Michigan’s energy law was adopted in 2008, billions of dollars have been spent in the state’s emerging renewable energy industry — building infrastructure, adding jobs and lowering costs.” While “jobs” were mentioned in that first paragraph, a reader only is told 20 paragraphs later how many jobs that billions of dollars in spending — specifically, "nearly $3 billion" — is supposed to have created: 8,200. ForTheRecord says: The utilities’ response...
  • Californians upset that they cant sell their green energy homes

    10/19/2015 1:19:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A tale of woe comes to us from the Left coast. Trouble has reared its head for Californians who enrolled in a special government program designed to allow them to use taxpayer funds to upgrade their homes with solar panels, wind turbines, unicorn flatulence converters and any number of other green energy improvements. Tens of thousands of Californians signed up for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program which provided them with funding for installing such energy efficient goodies over the past several years, but now they’re finding their homes stalled on the market when they want to...
  • USFS Road Closures Balloon to 21,000 Miles in Montana Counting More Categories

    10/10/2015 12:08:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2015 | Ron Catlett
    accounting for roads that have been decommissioned along with roads considered unauthorized, the mileage of road closures on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Montana balloons to 21,951 miles. On Monday, Media Trackers reported that a study commissioned by the state legislature earlier this year and reported to the EQC last week found that 9,784 or nearly 31 percent of the nearly 32,000 miles of roads in Montana managed by the USFS were level 1 roads, meaning they are closed to motorized traffic and only open for administrative use. However, the 32,000 total miles of roads does not...
  • CPV Hopeful Soitec Exits the Solar Business (Jan 2015)

    10/08/2015 9:40:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    greentechmedia.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | by Eric Wesoff
    The zero-billion-dollar CPV business claims another victim. France's Soitec, one of the last companies with a hope of commercializing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology, has abandoned its solar business. The company will "refocus" its efforts "on its electronics business," according to the firm. The company uses opaque language, but the message is clear: Soitec is exiting this business as quickly as possible. A quarterly earnings letter reads, "Soitec has initiated efforts to realize value of solar energy business combining significant restructuring measures going forward and will assess [the] most appropriate scenario to extract value from its solar-related assets in compliance with...
  • John Kasich renews push for strict green energy mandates

    10/06/2015 7:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When he’s not running for president, Ohio Governor John Kasich is still busy managing the affairs of his state. One of his many duties came to light this week when Kasich came out once again in favor of “unfreezing” the state’s green energy mandates and even pushing for steeper demands on energy consumers. Much of this effort is being driven under the auspices of the curiously named “Ohio Conservative Energy Forum.” (OCEF) At a quick glance, it’s rather difficult to see what is “conservative” about either the group or the policies being pushed forward by the governor. (Fox News)...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mines coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Another Colorado coal mine to undergo federal environmental review

    09/12/2015 7:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Cathy Proctor
    A second northwestern Colorado coal mine will undergo a review of the mine's environmental impact following an agreement reached by the federal government, the mine's owners and WildEarth Guardians.. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Interiors Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The agreement gives the federal government until the end of April to complete a new review of the mines operations. ... Our miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal thats needed to supply the grid...
  • Colorado coal mine avoids closure over environmental group's green gambit

    09/08/2015 4:15:11 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 8 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Colorado coal mine slated for closure due to a technicality has gotten a reprieve from the federal government in a move that could save hundreds of jobs. The Colowyo coal mine, which has provided hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the economy of the city of Craig and the northwestern region of the state since 1977 was in danger of being closed because a renewal permit drafted eight years ago did not take into account the mine's impact on climate change. An environmental group sued in a bid to invalidate the permit. A court-ordered review by the...
  • Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds (Abengoa)

    09/02/2015 7:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Abengoa, a renewable energy multinational company headquartered in Spain, has been a favorite of the Obama administration in getting federal tax money for clean energy projects. Since 2009, Abengoa and its subsidiaries, according to estimates, have received $2.9 billion in grants and loan guarantees through the Department of Energy to undertake solar projects in California and Arizonaas well as the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas. But in the space of less than a year, Abengoas financial health has become critical, leading investors to worry whether the company can survive. The companys stock price on NASDAQ has swoonedfrom...
  • United Church of Canada Sells Fossil Fuel Holdings, Commits $6 Million to Alternative Energy

    08/20/2015 9:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The United Church of Canada plans to invest nearly $6 million into alternative energy sources that it acquired from selling all of its assets in fossil fuels. The denomination views the move as a bold step toward stewarding the gift of creation. "Care for creation and concern for the way that climate is impacting the most marginalized populations made this move an act of justice, of faith, and of solidarity with First Nations and other impacted communities," said Christine Boyle, General Council commissioner of the United Church and a veteran climate advocate, according to the National Advocate. The church will...
  • Wow! Obama drives down coal company stocks, and Soros buys them on the cheap

    08/18/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/18/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I have always believed that global warming is a gigantic scam, driven by greed and lust for power. Now comes the shocking news, via Steve Milloy writing on Breitbart, that following President Obama’s use of CO2 emissions as a weapon to drive major coal companies near bankruptcy, the ultimate politically connected speculator George Soros is buying up stock in major coal producers on the cheap. I predicted in this column last week that the left wasn’t going to kill off the coal industry so much as it was going to steal it. That prediction is already becoming true courtesy of billionaire...
  • Obama, Clinton Foundation Donors Sold Green Fuel to Military for $149 per Gallon

    08/12/2015 1:23:01 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/12/2015 | Ali Meyer
    The CEO and Board of Directors of Solazyme, a company the military paid $149 per gallon for alternative fuel, have donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. Recipients of significant donations included the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, Solazyme donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the Department of Defense (DOD) paid Solazyme $149 per gallon for fuel made of algal oil, costing taxpayers a total of $223,500 in 2009. The group also...
  • Obama, Clinton Foundation Donors Sold Green Fuel to Military for $149 per Gallon

    08/12/2015 2:36:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/12/15 | Ali Meyer
    The CEO and Board of Directors of Solazyme, a company the military paid $149 per gallon for alternative fuel, have donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.Recipients of significant donations included the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, Solazyme donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the Department of Defense (DOD) paid Solazyme $149 per gallon for fuel made of algal oil, costing taxpayers a total of $223,500 in 2009. The group also received a...
  • Favors? Obama, Clinton Foundation donors sold green fuel to military for $149 per gallon

    08/12/2015 1:04:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 08/12/2015
    Investigative reporting by a Washington, D.C. based publication brings up questions about how ethically the Obama administration has conducted government business.The Washington Free Beacon reported: The CEO and Board of Directors of Solazyme, a company the military paid $149 per gallon for alternative fuel, have donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.Recipients of significant donations included the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, Solazyme donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the Department of Defense...
  • How California's Green Policies Create Energy Poverty

    08/11/2015 6:56:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/11/2015 | Terry Jones
    When it comes to alternative energy, no state has done more than California to discourage its citizens from using conventional energy and switching to "renewables." But the cost of these policies has been brutal for some. That's especially true for electricity, which accounts for about a quarter of all global-greenhouse emissions in the state. A new study by economist Jonathan A. Lesser, for the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute, finds that higher prices are having a big impact. "As a result of the state's green-energy policies, Californians' electricity bills have risen and appear likely...
  • Global Warming: A $1.5 Trillion Industry

    08/09/2015 11:12:56 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Power Line ^ | August 10, 2015 06:12 UTC | John Hinderaker
    The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. The Business Journals report is not available for free online, but its findings are reviewed by the Insurance Journal. They are eye-opening, to say the least: The $1.5 trillion global climate change industry grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011s inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal. The San Diego, Calif.-based publication includes within that industry nine segments and 38 sub-segments....
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. Its time for the Interior Department to shut it down, Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that arent producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the birds 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • Meet Solyndra 2.0: This US-Taxpayer-Subsidized Spanish "Renewables" Firm Is Collapsing

    08/04/2015 9:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    News that bonds and stocks of Abengoa SA - the Spanish renewable-energy company - plunged after a plan to shore up capital failed to reassure investors that it can stop burning cash is likely to have passed many by. But coming just one day after President Obama unleashed his Clean Power Plan, the fact that the company - that is now facing significant liquidity concerns - received over $230 million in US taxpayer subsidies in 2014 - despite two ongoing federal investigations - may raise an eyebrow or two as images of Solyndra's government-sponsored farce come to mind... as...
  • Job Losses from Coal Closures Dwarf Gains from Wind Industry

    07/31/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | unknown
    The EPAs regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants highlights the job-killing transition proposed by the administration. This carbon agenda, which the administrations public relations team calls the Clean Power Plan, threatens to tear down the existing electricity generation infrastructure in the name of carbon dioxide emissions. This carbon agenda will magnify the market-distorting subsidies from the PTCcontributing to an estimated peak of one million job losseswill drain hundreds of billions of dollars from American families through increased energy bills, and will threaten the electric grid by rapidly switching from reliable to intermittent sources of electricity. Further, electricity from...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Cancels All Government Wind Farm Subsidies

    07/12/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | Simon Kent
    Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his war on wind power. In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects.
  • Did green madness help create the Greek debt crisis?

    06/30/2015 7:39:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Eric Worrall
    The unfolding Greek financial crisis is front page news. The repercussions bank runs, unsustainable debts, deadlocked creditors could easily lead to major consequences worldwide. However misconceived the Euro currency was, its downfall will be painful on a global scale. How much of Greeces current economic problems were caused by the made Hellenic dash into renewable energy? The answer, unsurprisingly, is most likely quite a lot. Greece, like many small European economies, has placed a substantial focus on green energy, seeing it as a quick leg up into the big league an easy way to attract generous funding...
  • The EPA vs. Pennsylvania's minorities

    06/27/2015 2:27:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Harry C. Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    With the Obama administration only two months away from releasing its Clean Power Plan, much debate has focused on the supposed benefits of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. Lost amid the rhetoric is the economic hardship it will impose on working families especially the 2.2 million blacks and Hispanics living in Pennsylvania. That's the finding from a new study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. This regulation will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Thus, while the administration calls its regulation a justice issue...
  • The green mirageand con job

    06/28/2015 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/15 | Paul Driessen & Tom Tamarkin
    Musk, Schmidt, Simons and billionaire buddies build empire based on climate and energy BS Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must ask God for a positive outcome to negotiations over another UN climate treaty. It matters not that the predicted calamities are not happening. There has been no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes making US landfall for a record 9-1/2 years, indeed none of the over-hyped...
  • Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

    06/27/2015 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/27/2015 | BY KERRY JACKSON
    Is that electric car in the driveway yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than comparable fossil-fuel burners. The latest is a study "Environmental Benefits From Driving Electric Vehicles?" out this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study's authors economics and business professors say that "rather than simply accepting...
  • Former Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan passed millions of tax dollars to family

    06/25/2015 8:54:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Kay Hagan, defeated senator from North Carolina, may be gearing up to make a run at Senior Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) in 2016. She narrowly defeated Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and in turn was herself narrowly defeated by Thom Tillis (R) in 2014 in what wiki called one of the toughest re-election bids in the country. (2) The Hagan-Ruthven family combine of real estate development and solar energy projects in central Florida and NC, just keeps finding ways to feed at the public trough! After serving in the NC state senate, Hagan launched herself into the national political arena where...
  • WH Announces Executive Actions and Private Investments to Beef Up Clean Energy Innovation

    06/18/2015 7:15:35 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/17/2015 | Warren Mass
    During the Clean Energy Investment Summit hosted by the White House on June 16, the administration announced a series of initiatives that will include more than $4 billion in private sector commitments and executive actions to scale up investment in clean energy innovation. A statement posted by the White House press secretarys office noted that Vice President Joe Biden would deliver remarks highlighting more than $4 billion of independent commitments by major foundations, institutional investors, and other long-term investors to fund climate change solutions, but also stated that the White House is announcing a series of executive actions that will...
  • Finland: Horse manure plan to heat homes

    06/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | June 15, 2015
    Finland's government wants the country to turn away from fossil fuels and look towards horse manure to heat its homes instead, it's reported. The new coalition's manifesto sets out plans for the large-scale use of horse dung as a renewable source of energy, the national broadcaster Yle reports. One energy company is already trying out a biofuel made by mixing horse manure with a wood-based litter, which is then burned to create power. The Fortum group says the annual waste created by three horses would be enough to heat a family home for a year. And with about 77,000 horses...
  • Government Spent Billions on Green Upgrades with no Proof that They Saved Energy

    06/16/2015 9:59:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2015 | by JILLIAN KAY MELCHIOR
    The federal government spent more than $4.28 billion in stimulus money on green upgrades to public buildings but today, it has no idea if those huge expenditures actually made the facilities any more energy efficient. I dont have the data to say that, says Nick Goco, the General Services Administrations deputy assistant inspector general for real-property audit. To date, the system being used to evaluate the Recovery Act projects has not been fully populated with the data needed to evaluate the project. . . . We dont know, he says. The GSA Office of Inspector General examined 45 full...
  • Germanys Green-Power Program Crushes the Poor

    05/13/2015 6:34:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2015 | Robert Zubrin
    On May 7, Tom Friedman published an op-ed in the New York Times filled with praise for Germanys green-power program. What the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet and its climate, gushed Friedman. . . . This is a world-saving achievement. Friedman is not alone in his admiration for the German energy program. President Obama has hailed it too, saying that the world should look to Berlin as the model...
  • Obama: I Can Understand Science (therefore global warming)

    05/09/2015 8:22:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Portland, Ore., yesterday that he is not a scientist, but that: I can understand science. Obama made the remark as he talked about his agenda for fighting global warming. Thats why were taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution thats produced from power plants, he said. Its the right thing to do.
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed, Fred Jarman, the countys community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • Taxpayers on the hook for $2.2 billion in green energy loan guarantees

    04/28/2015 8:31:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    There’s lots of red ink on green energy projects receiving government loan guarantees.  The Government Accountability Office has a new estimate of the cost of loans and loan guarantees issued by the federal government under a 2005 law, and it adds up to $.2 billion. Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports: “As of November 2014, DOE estimates the credit subsidy cost of the loans and loan guarantees in its portfolio — that is, the total expected net cost over the life of the loans — to be $2.21 billion, including $807 million for loans that have defaulted,” the...
  • Sustainability: A Fable For Our Time

    04/23/2015 8:56:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/23/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    We must journey back to March, 1987, and the United Nations document entitled Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, to discover what is probably the only universally agreed uponif nebulous and contradictorydefinition of sustainable development, the precursor of sustainability, viz. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the worlds poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of...
  • The Sustainability Craze Is Nothing but an Empty Pose

    04/16/2015 11:14:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2015 | George Will
    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed after, one suspects, not much agonizing to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil-fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. The effect of these decisions on consumption of fossil fuels will be nil; the effect on the growth of institutions endowments will be...
  • GM to pause production of Chevy Volt as sales slow (1874 Volts sold in the entire 1Q)

    04/09/2015 4:19:03 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 101 replies
    General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car. The company says the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that makes the Volt and four other cars will probably stay open through the summer despite plans for the Volt. The factory also is undergoing construction so it can build a new full-size Cadillac CT6 and the 2016 Volt starting late in the summer. Sales of electric and hybrid cars have slowed this year, largely due to low gasoline prices....